Here’s what we did this week

Here’s what we did this week

By Graham Ruthven

Another one in the can. Scottish football never stays still, and this week was no exception. First, there was Patrick Roberts’ move to Celtic, bringing to an end weeks of speculation over whether Kieran Tierney would be kept happy or not this season.


Then, there was Deadline Day, with a number of Scottish Premiership clubs scrambling for signings. Celtic signed PSG teenager Odsonne Edouard on loan while Rangers also completed a loan deal for Cardiff City’s Declan John. It was a busy night.


Finally, Scotland boosted their slim hopes of making it to next year’s World Cup with a mightily impressive 3-0 win over Lithuania, dominating from start to finish. We don’t want to go over the top, but it was definitely the best Scotland have ever played. Ever.


Here’s some of the best content we published this week.


Deadline Day analysis with Tennent’s



Celtic have failed to land their centre back targets so far.

How will that affect them in the Champions League?

— TheTwoPointOne (@TheTwoPointOne) August 31, 2017


We partnered up with Tennent’s to provide updates of all the big moves as they happened on Deadline Day. We ran through what Celtic’s failure to sign a centre back will mean for their Champions League campaign, whether Aberdeen have actually improved their squad over the summer, as well as Rangers’ ultimately failed pursuit of Jamie Walker.


We also asked our guests to name their best signing of the summer window. You’ll never guess who the Aberdeen fan picked? That’s right, an Aberdeen player. We also ran through all the Deadline Day deals in a special episode of TheTwoPointOne-cast.


Best signing of the window?

Stevie May? 🤘
Alfredo Morelos? 🐃
Olivier Ntcham? 🇫🇷

Deadline Day analysis with @TennentsLager

— TheTwoPointOne (@TheTwoPointOne) August 31, 2017


How does Gordon Strachan really measure up?



Even after Friday’s thumping of Lithuania, most accept Scotland are reaching the end of a cycle with Gordon Strachan as manager. His contract as national team boss is up at the end of the campaign, with the former Celtic and Middlesbrough manager expected to step aside.


But how does Strachan really measure up to his predecessors? Has he really been an improvement on Craig Levein? Is the perception that he fails to give enough opportunities to young players accurate? We delved into the data to find some answers.





How Rangers upgraded their attack



Last week’s 3-1 win over Ross County looked to be something of a watershed moment for Rangers under Pedro Caixinha. Their performance in Dingwall was the clearest sign yet that the Ibrox side are starting to find their groove under the Portuguese, particularly in the final third.


Matt Rhein looked at the Rangers attack, focusing on how the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Eduardo Herrera will see them score more goals than the Govan side did last season. Is there more to it than just luck?



Introducing the old men of international football



Strachan is often criticised for sticking by the same, old players. And that’s just the thing – they’re old. In fact, a study in 2015 showed Scotland to have the oldest squad in international football. That’s right, in all of international football. Scotland were the oldest.


But that was in 2015, so how has Strachan set about lowering the average age of the national team squad? Are Scotland still the old men of international football? Is Strachan leaving his successor, whoever that may be, an impossible job? Scott McClymont looked at the numbers.



Who are the young coaches Hearts have overlooked?



After weeks of interviewing candidates, Craig Levein eventually decided that he was better than them all, appointing himself as Hearts’ new manager.  What was that all about? We talked over with Jam Tarts fan and Ferret journalist Ali Brian on this week’s TheTwoPointOne-cast.


But who are the young Scottish coaches who could have taken the job? Who did Levein overlook in appointing himself? We looked at some of the data, coming up with a shortlist of five who could have taken over at Tynecastle.



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